Nokia, LG Uplus to trial 5G B2B digital platform in Korea
Finnish vendor Nokia announced plans to conduct a 5G Business-to-Business (B2B) digital platform trial for Korean operator LG Uplus.
Once deployed, the B2B platform will allow LG Uplus to reduce time-to-market for launching 5G-powered services to its enterprise and business vertical customers.
The European vendor also noted that the digital platform will also enable the Korean telco to address new business segments, including Industry 4.0 and smart factory.
The proof-of-concept test of the 5G B2B digital platform will be completed in two phases starting in February. Nokia explained that the first phase involves a demonstration in the Nokia Lab, while the second phase centers around a field trial in the LG Uplus Regional Operation Center in KyungNam.
Nokia’s solution includes a service platform powered by Nokia’s Digital Operations software, Cloud Operations Manager, Network Exposure Function, Registers, Cloud Packet Core, Software Defined Networking, and gNB (5G version of eNodeB), across Nokia’s cloud platform.
LG Uplus aims to use the platform to automate the design and deployment of 5G network slices for the delivery of new services. The platform will help LG Uplus offer newer use cases such as Smart Factory and Smart Harbor with 5G wireless connectivity and associated services like network slicing.
“We are committed to providing best-in-class and innovative services to our customers, and this trial is a crucial step in this direction,” said Jaeyong Seo, VP of LG Uplus’ smart infrastructure business unit. “Once deployed, Nokia’s 5G B2B digital platform will help us expand our enterprise business by allowing us to provide new use cases rapidly. Nokia is our trusted partner and we look forward to working with them on this important trial.”
In related news, LG Uplus announced on March 10 that U.S. carrier Verizon, French operator Orange and Taiwan’s leading mobile carrier Chunghwa Telecom have joined the Global XR Content Telco Alliance, which focuses on extended reality (XR) contents and is led LG Uplus.
The XR alliance will select contents to be produced through regular meetings of 10 members and contribute to cost-effectiveness and technological maturity. XR refers to a set of new technology that enables virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality.
Other members of the alliance include Qualcomm, Bell Canada, China Telecom, KDDI, Felix & Paul Studio, and Atlas Five.